Seminar to explore effect of robots on post-Brexit skills shortage

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An upcoming automation seminar hosted by Clarion will explore the issues of whether robots are a boon to the UK’s poor productivity figures, as well as the employment effects.

Exploring whether investment in robotics and AI can create regional competitive advantage, the event builds on the Leeds law firm’s ‘The Robots are coming’ seminar three years ago which predicted the increased adoption of robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the manufacturing sector.

A number of experts speakers will look at how advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are helping businesses to stay ahead not only in the UK, but around the world – there will even be some industrial robots in action, courtesy of Active8 Robots!

John Pendleton, MD Pickering-based Rosti Automotive and chair of Made in Yorkshire, will highlight the benefits of the company’s significant investment in robotics.

Adam Hurst of Premier Farnell will explore the increasing number of applications for Raspberry Pi in the manufacturing sector as well as the importance of its use in education in engaging student in programming and electronics.

Mike Hodge, Cimlogic MD, will explain how he helps world class manufacturers improve productivity through automation; and Shaun Bedford, head of operations at Holmesterne, one of the leading food businesses in North Yorkshire, will share his recent experience in enhanced productivity through automation.

Finally, Deborah Warren, senior associate at Clarion, will discuss the employment dynamics of mixing robots and people.

Clarion’s Business Development Director Steve Crow said: “With Brexit likely to exacerbate the shortage of skills in the manufacturing sector, we need to overcome the outdated, negative views about robots ‘taking’ jobs.

“Instead, we should embrace the latest technology as a way of enabling businesses to access the skills they need to enable manufacturing to continue to thrive in Yorkshire and, indeed, to cost-effectively market British products worldwide.”

The seminar will take place at Clarion’s offices in Leeds on Tuesday 27th March.